Imbolc Sabbat Ritual
Performed by Lady Phoenix
of the Religious Order of the Circle of Isis Rising
Saturday, January 31, 2009
At the MoonPath Chapter of Continental CUUPS
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Positions: High Priestess: Lady Phoenix Priestess: Lotus Pearl Priest: Galen Sabbat Sage: Lotus Pearl & Galen Earth: Silver Tiger Lily Air: Kasandra Fire: SkyBear Water: Dru Opening Ritual Cast the Circle, or Temple, by defining its borders. Bless the altar, symbols and tools of the ritual. Anointing. The Sergeant at Arms rings bell 3 times and calls forth the members of the Covenant and kindred spirits, saying, "GATHER AROUND THE SACRED GROUND THOSE WHO WOULD STAND BEFORE THE GODS TONIGHT. COME IN STRENGTH AND GOODNESS AND PEACE. COME IN LOVE AND COME IN LIGHT." The High Priestess and Assistants welcome the members of the Covenant into the Temple area by blessing their brows with Holy Oil. The High Priestess raises arms and says, "DARKNESS IS DARKNESS, AND LIGHT IS LIGHT. BUT TRUTH IS ETERNAL BE IT DAY OR NIGHT." All repeat. Call forth the Watchtowers. North - Silver Tiger Lily East - Kasandra South - SkyBear West - Dru The High Priestess says, "BEHOLD THE CIRCLE OF THE MOONPATH CHAPTER OF CUUPS." All say, "GLORY TO THE ALMIGHTY, GREAT AND SACRED CREATOR WHO IS KNOWN BY MANY NAMES." The High Priestess says, "BEHOLD, THY SOUL IS A LIVING STAR SHINING AMONG ITS BRETHREN." All say, "MAY I LOOK UPON MY SOUL AND MY SHADOW." The High Priestess says, "THOU ART PURE. THY KA IS PURE. THY SOUL IS PURE. THY FORM IS PURE." The High Priestess says, please repeat the Articles of Faith, "I BELIEVE IN THE SACRED GODDESS..." The High Priestess invites the presence of the Lord and the Lady. Ring bell 3 times. Sabbat Sage written by Lord Merlin Amon-Menes Ring bell 3 times. Imbolc Ritual The Priestess stands before the altar, head bowed. The Priest says, "From darkness comes darkness. From light comes light. But truth is eternal be it day or night." The Priestess says, "Great Mother Most High, known by many names, Creatrix Divine, in whose love I place my soul, behold your servant who stands before You and Your children." The Priest places a veil upon the brow of the Priestess and he says, "We gather this night to honor you and the fruit of your womb." The Congregation Leader steps forward, raises athame towards Priestess and Priest, and says, "Please raise your arms and repeat after me. Glory to the Sacred Goddess and on earth blessed be all of good will. We praise you. We worship you. We glorify you. We give you thanks for your great glory. Lord God, Father of Life, Protector Divine. You who bless and encompass the world have mercy on us. You who stand beside the Great Mother receive our prayers. For in your light we find glory. In your light we are one. So Mote It Be." The Priest draws his athame. In the name of the Lord, he cuts out the heart of an apple containing seeds, and says, "Behold my hand is upon the earth. And as I cut one life from another, so I bless all life as its Master." The Priest places the apple core into a deep dish or cauldron. He holds up a goblet of ale and says, "Behold, my hoofs are upon the earth. As I am the taker, I am the giver of life." The Priest makes a libation of the ale and pours it upon the apple core. The Priest then pours salt atop the mixture and places upon it a small branch of evergreen or hay. He lights a taper and gives it to the Priestess, saying, "Behold, my flame passes unto you, and my seed becomes thine." The Priestess takes the taper and lights the Candalaria, saying, "I am the Mother of all things. None comes but through me. In my power, I hold life in my womb. By my power, I am the Divine Intercession. And by my love, the earth is restored. Blessed are my children who keep the Covenant. For through them, I am renewed. And through me, the earth is born." As she lights the candles she says, "Behold, I am Death's Conqueror. And my light shines bright upon the darkness." The Priestess then extinguishes the taper upside down in the cauldron or dish, and plants it there. The Priest removes the veil of the Priestess and gives her a kiss on each cheek. He drops to one knee and kisses both hands, saying, "The earth stirs because of You. And by Your love, my spirit is renewed." The Priestess takes a small piece of evergreen or hay and lights it with the flame of the candalaria. Once lit, the Priestess places the burning branch into the cauldron or dish and extinguishes it. Ring bell 3 times. Imbolc Message Closing Ritual The High Priestess rings bell three times. The High Priestess says, please repeat the Affirmation of Power, "I AM THE CENTER OF ALL THINGS..." Cakes and Ale. The High Priestess blesses the cakes and ale plus all the food and drink we will consume afterwards. Announcements. - Thanks to everyone for attending - Thanks to MoonPath Chapter of CUUPs for allowing us to serve this night - Thanks to the drummers The High Priestess rings bell 3 times. The High Priestess says, please repeat the Affirmation of Faith, "THOU ART A LAMP UNTO MY FEET..." The High Priestess renders closing salutations to the Lady and the Lord. Closing salutations to the Watchtowers done widdershins. West - Dru South - SkyBear East - Kasandra North - Silver Tiger Lily Clear Temple by clapping 3 times. The High Priestess rings bell 3 times.